Tuesday, 15 September 2009


Well done letter knitters! The Poetry Society's knitted poem is emerging! We had a super time stitching them altogether last Friday at the I Knot day. Ha ha! We are still not going to tell you what the poem is, but we can reveal that when stitched together it will be the size of half a football pitch.
Each letter is signed by it's knitter, usually with an address and the favourite poem at the time of knitting. This makes the forming of words touching and very addictive. Indeed I could have stitched all night.
The Poetry Soc. still need blank squares of 12" and do drop in on the Stitching-Together-Athons on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September. There will be refreshments from their friendly cafe, and lots of poems.


The whole thing starts with a single knot
and needles. A word and a pen. Tie a loop
in nothing. Look at it. Cast on, repeat

the procedure till you have a line
that you can work with.
It's a pattern made of relation alone,

my patience, my rythm, till empty bights
create a fabric that can be worn,
if you're lucky and practiced. It's never too

to pick up dropped stitches, each hole a clue
to something that might be bothering you,
though I link mine with ribbons and pretend

I meant them to happen. I make a net
of meaning that I carry round
portable, to work on sound

in trains and terrible waiting rooms.
It's thought in action. It redeems
odd corners of disposable time,

making them fashion. It's the kind of work
that keeps you together. The neck's too tight,
but tell me honestly: How do I look?

©2007, the BBC From How to Knit a Poem
Publisher BBC Radio 4, London 2007

Poetry Society - 22, Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX


Anonymous said...

When is the knitted poem to be revealed? How do we hear about it? It is very intriguing. Move M

Prick Your Finger said...

Hi M,

check out the Poetry Society website for details. It will be shown in October, somewhere, to celebrate the end of the BBC's poetry season, and the centenery of the Poetry soc. They are just looking for places big enough to show it really really well! I hope you can come to see it x